• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Architecture: Ryzen
  • Cores: 2600 – 6 cores / 2700 – 8 cores
  • Process: 12nm
  • Base Clock: 3.2GHz / 3.4GHz
  • Boost Clock: 4.1GHz / 4.9GHz
  • Cache: 16MB
  • TDP: 65W
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Precision Bosst 2 and XFR2
  • AMD StoreMI
  • Cons:
  • None

Aryze For A New Ryzen

Here comes a new generation of AMD processors and it looks even better than its predecessor. Now sporting a 12nm process, it has better power consumption along with better performance. The new Ryzen processors also come with a host of new technologies that boosts all-round performance, improving upon everything built in the 1st generation of Ryzen processors. Applications and games are now able to better utilise each core to its maximum potential.

One of the features that stand out would be Precision Boost 2 and Extended Frequency Range 2 (XFR2), which have been improved upon from the previous generation. Precision Boost 2 now provides systems with more opportunity to drive higher performances, by taking advantage of additional headroom. The headroom comes from pre-defined values for electrical and thermal limits meant for consistent performance. This pushes the Ryzen to hit the highest clock speeds possible within its limits.

Then comes XFR2, which pushes the Ryzen processors past their recommended thermal specifications. What was restricted to only a few cores in the first generation is now made available to every core in the second. Every core is pushed to their thermal boundary, resulting in XFR2 allowing the Ryzen processor to run at higher average frequencies.

The appearance of the X470 chipset also paves the way for AMD’s StoreMI technology. StoreMI is an intelligent storage tiering software that combines the capacity of a hard drive with the speed of an SSD. This is done by fusing both storage drives into a single virtual disk, moving each of the most used blocks and files to the fastest storage devicel, which is usually the SSD. StoreMI is amazing in that it doesn’t need a reformat or reinstallation of the OS to work and can be freely added or removed.

When it comes to performance, the AMD Ryzen 2600 and Ryzen 2700 does not disappoint, whether it’s for regular use, gaming or overclocking. Our PCMark benchmark scores show excellent performance in doing regular office tasks, while Cinebench continues to prove that the Ryzen is great in handling rendering tasks. Even when put to the test in gaming, the Ryzen processors are capable of having an equivalent gaming experience when compared to its immediate competitors.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The new generation of Ryzen processors are set to bring more competition to the processors industry, and we would recommend Ryzen builds to those who have considered it.

(previously published in issue June 2018)

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